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AG, company sign settlement agreement on hearing aid claims

May. 13, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An agreement between an Arizona company and the state Attorney General's office calls for the business to stop misleading consumers by falsely claiming that its over-the-counter hearing aids were approved by federal regulators. The signed agreement...

Liz Cheney says Trump and GOP backers threaten democracy

May. 11, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A combative Rep. Liz Cheney lashed out at leaders of her own Republican Party late Tuesday, taking to the House floor on the eve of her near-certain ouster from a leadership post to warn that former President Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are threatening to...

German watchdog bans Facebook from processing WhatsApp data

May. 11, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A German privacy watchdog banned Facebook on Tuesday from gathering data on users of its WhatsApp chat app, citing an update to its privacy policy that it said breaches stringent European data protection rules. Hamburg's data protection commissioner,...

California man charged with using COVID loans to buy Ferrari

May. 10, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to charges he obtained $5 million in federal coronavirus-relief loans for phony businesses and then used the money for lavish vacations and to buy a Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini, prosecutors said Monday. ...

North Carolina tax preparer sentenced to prison for fraud

May. 10, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina tax preparer has been sentenced to 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to federal prosecutors. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice said Karen Marie Jones of Durham was...

Trump's 'Big Lie' imperils Republicans who don't embrace it

May. 09, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allegiance to a lie has become a test of loyalty to Donald Trump and a means of self-preservation for Republicans. Trump's discredited allegations about a stolen election did nothing to save his presidency when courtrooms high...

Connecticut man charged with misusing $2.9 million PPP loan

May. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was arrested Friday on bank and wire fraud charges, accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $2.9 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds and using some of the money to buy expensive cars. Federal authorities allege Moustapha...

EXPLAINER: How activists target CDC vaccine tracking system

May. 07, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

Once, getting vaccinated was all but routine. But since the heightened public awareness around the new COVID-19 vaccines, it’s a different story. Now, it means check-ins with family and friends about possible arm soreness or mild symptoms. Through an early warning...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 07, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ COVID-19 vaccine...

Neighbors say Tacoma Instagram star is harassing residents

May. 07, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Martin Cabello III is incredibly popular on Instagram. Almost 500,000 people follow him for diet advice and explanations of his religion, Cabelloism. He has another 25,800 followers on Twitter and 1.2 million on TikTok. Followers have left posts...